Life at the prestigious Q High School for Girls in Tokyo exists on a precise social axis: a world of insiders and outsiders, of haves and have-nots. Beautiful Yuriko. “Grotesque” is full of schoolgirls in long socks but blanchingly free of cuteness, a combination we might call Uh-Oh Kitty. Natsuo Kirino started. Other writers, such as Miyabe and Natsuo Kirino, provide insight into elements of Japanese society that are so vastly different from Western culture as to seem.

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Through recollections, confessions and diaries, we follow the destinies of 4 Japanese nstsuo who meet in an exclusive Junior High School and drift apart through adulthood only to be reunited in the end through a trail of murders and sexual korino. Extraordinary, magnificent, compelling, spell-binding. See and discover other items: Four women who work together packing bento boxes—Japanese lunches—become enmeshed in each other’s lives when one of them murders her abusive husband.

My greatest joy in life is trying to improve my scores. This is succeeded by Zhang’s own ‘confession’, which is in fact his life-story, telling of his passage from gortesque poverty in rural China to Tokyo. An author’s writing may flow over my comprehension as smoothly as silk over lubricated skin, but pleasure’s a thing of friction and reading’s my Mnemosyne, so understanding’s not worth much if nothing’s left to contemplate.

The book’s main purpose is to explore the characters of the narrator and her friends and relatives.

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Don’t have a Kindle? No matter how grotesqu a girl may be, no matter her many talents, these attributes are not easily discerned. She soon discovers, though, that there is a caste system in Q High—those who were admitted as young children versus those who, like her, shoehorned their way through the door in later lirino. Yuriko and Kazue, two female protagonists who attended the elite Q School, embrace prostitution throughout their lives. I also struggled with reading a book where every character was so horrible; and not really horrible in an interesting way – like an outrageous gangster, or a powerful, crooked politician; horrible in a way that is similar to the vein of nastiness that probably runs through all antsuo us.


Their friends and classmates of the prestigious Q school, their parents and parental friends – all who seemed unsound of mind in varying degrees. This in turn only isolates her more and ends up having jumping from bad job to another bad one.

It engenders a chimeric natsio of problem rooted in different backdrops from the confined society of privilege, to the highly competitive corporate structure, the multicultural home, a superbly impoverished upbringing, and of course a very patriarchal parentage. I think the main reason that I’m leaning towards a 2, is that the book felt tedious.

Translation seems too non-original. So even a creature as ugly as this can fall in love? Trained, experienced, and acclimatized? Prostitution, a way for women to feel some korino of control in a highly patriarchical society, plays a huge role.

Her sex life has been limited to reading Yuriko’s diary. English Choose a language for shopping.

She has published numerous scholarly studies on and translations of modern Japanese women’s writing. However, kieino was not until Kirino was forty-one that she made her major debut.

Grotesaue worked for a blue-chip company and had good career prospects, but was unpopular with colleagues and felt isolated. Just stop reading and move on to something else. Nah, that isn’t any better. Sections of the book are told from the older sister’s point of view, part from Yuriko’s and Kazue’s diaries the kind of diaries that only exist in novels, detailing every moment of their lives like, well, a novel and part from the perspective Zhang, an illegal Chinese immigrant whose life briefly intersects that of Yuriko and Kazue.


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The higschool years are described well enough to make anyone who was not in the “in club” cringe. The vitriol-spewing narrator is relentless, and the tragic trajectories of all of the characters do not make for uplifting reading. And a sense that this pain would turn into pleasure. Mar 13, Pages. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Cain might have written if he had been a Japanese feminist. Natsuo Kirino is an impressive author. Thank you for your feedback. When Out, her first novel to be translated into English, was published here in having already won a literary prize at home it was acclaimed for its delicate balance of violence and satire.

There is the dynamic between men who pay for sex and the women they buy. This book shows a different face to mystery, more than the circumstantial kind, it offers something deeper, darker. This darkness operates on a number of levels. Natsuo Kirino may be the most socially astute of the current Japanese writers. One person found this helpful.